Police Minister Hipkins’ Cannot Connect Firearm Clubs with Terrorism

Media Release by Council of Licensed Firearm Owners (COLFO)

The Council of Licensed Firearm Owners (COLFO) says firearm club members have been enraged at the Police Minister’s implication that the Christchurch terrorist was harboured by a firearm club that should have identified him, and that new laws would increase chances of identification next time.

COLFO Spokesperson Hugh Devereux-Mack said Hipkins carelessly repeated a smear previously uttered by fellow Cabinet member David Parker, and provided no grounds for believing that extra paperwork required of club officials would identify prospective mass murderers.

“Chris Hipkins’ phrasing is a deliberate smear of firearm clubs and firearm owners – falsely implying a responsibility we do not share.

“Hipkins must know, if he read the Royal Commission report, that the terrorist’s desultory membership of a club had no bearing on his later actions.

“The red flags he refers to are the ones missed by the Police Officers who cleared the terrorist as a fit and proper holder of a firearm licence.

“The glib statement is an unbecoming political flourish, not a fact.”

Minister Chris Hipkins –  “Political Flourish”

Devereux-Mack lambasted the Minister for inferring that the new club rules would identify future terrorists. 

“I defy the Minister to point to one of the new rules that would make it more likely a secret terrorist would be identified and reported.

“These are form-filling rules, not ways to spot and catch people planning atrocities.

“They will discourage volunteer club officials and members because they are onerous and increase legal responsibilities.”

Devereux-Mack says only 10 percent of licensed firearm owners belong to a club, so membership should be encouraged.

“We need more firearm clubs, and more ranges, to enlarge a watchful and safety-conscious firearm community,” he said.

For further information contact: Hugh Devereux-Mack. 027 362 0853



Hugh Devereaux Mack – “Hipkins carelessly repeated a smear
 previously uttered by fellow Cabinet member David Parker.

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6 Responses to Police Minister Hipkins’ Cannot Connect Firearm Clubs with Terrorism

  1. "Tikka" says:

    COLFO are to be congratulated on standing up on behalf of law abiding Kiwis who are lawful firearms licence holders. Why doesn’t Minister Hipkins look into why Tarrant was granted a firearms licence? Police incompetence allowed Tarrant to get his licence.

  2. Justice Will B. Dunn. says:

    Just a giant distraction from the Police’s deadly/criminal failure in vetting the terrorist to even a nominal level or maybe they are trying to make life so hard for LFOs that we give up our sport. Or both.

  3. Bud jones JonesQSM says:

    it’s all part of an end game to disarm the public.One of the many communist Ardern’s
    agenda of the long march through the institutions,in preparation to accept our new tribal iwi rulers

  4. Lew says:

    I think if my memory is correct the gun club Tarrant belonged to mentioned to police they were concerned about his activities using semi automatic weapons at their rifle range and the police response was “ he was just someone having fun”

  5. Shelby Wright says:

    “Tikka” you could’ve gone further. By their incompetence in granting Tarrant a firearm licence were they accomplices to the mosque murders?

  6. Teddy Roosterveldt says:

    Why was the minister whose woeful handling of the covid response given the job of Police Minister, a post which requires intelligence and competence?

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